Bangkok vs Barcelona vs Bucharest vs Panama City vs Seoul vs Valencia

Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 5,680,000 5,585,556 1,830,000 880,691 9,963,452 834,000
Official language(s) Thai Catalan, Spanish Romanian Spanish Korean Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low High High Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit January - March, November, December April - June, September - November April - October December - April March - May, September - November March - June, September, October
Currency THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $1560 $2384 $1351 $2359 $2184 $1976
Rent $616 $932 $615 $1036 $797 $869
Groceries $191 $121 $114 $236 $356 $146
Dining out $168 $403 $165 $371 $211 $292
Cafe $45 $45 $38 $43 $69 $42
Coworking space $127 $213 $133 $157 $222 $152
Mobile internet $23 $10 $7 $21 $40 $16
Public transportation $32 $127 $21 $12 $40 $38
Taxis $19 $48 $9 $48 $41 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $24 $25 $0 $13 $30
Sport and cultural events $46 $81 $29 $35 $39 $73
Museums and sights $21 $33 $29 $9 $6 $44
Nightlife $50 $112 $45 $117 $93 $66
Gym $96 $81 $30 $37 $69 $34
Yoga $98 $93 $59 $163 $112 $87
Massage $11 $59 $31 $75 $75 $45
SIM card options AIS Vodafone, Movistar Vodafone, Orange Claro, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10% for restaurants, bars and services 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere Not customary or expected Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Grab Cabify, FreeNow Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Tu Chofer Uber, Kakao Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine. Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 416 listings on Happy Cow 98 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow 57 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow